Ludwigshafen, Germany – BASF has announced that it will sell LowPCF (low product carbon footprint) versions of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and its derivative polytetrahydrofuran (polyTHF) from early 2024. BDO is used in the manufacture of elastane fibres, while polyTHF has applications in TPU and cast polyurethanes.
The company analysed the individual cradle-to-gate product carbon footprints of both chemicals, and compared them to the average carbon footprints of products offered by other companies. This, the company said, shows that BASF’s production set-up leads to a significantly lower carbon footprint than the market average of the fossil-based products sold elsewhere.
BASF said that the energy generated in its own gas-fired CHP plants generates less greenhouse gases than other conventional energy generation methods. The integrated manufacturing site increases production efficiency in terms of both energy and raw material consumption, and its primary raw materials are oil, gas or production by-products rather than coal.
“Company CO2 emission reduction targets are playing an increasingly important role in the value chains we serve,” said Ketan Joshi, head of the company’s intermediates division “With our LowPCF intermediates, we are supporting our customers in achieving their targets. They now have the option to consciously choose a product with a carbon footprint significantly below the global market average.”